Pomerol Chateau Bellegrave – Vintage 2010

History

Château Bellegrave lies in the south of Pauillac, between Château Latour, Pichon-Longueville and Lynch-Bages.
Formerly the property of the late Mr Armand Roux, the estate was purchased in 1901, by his business partner and sole heir, Mr H. Van-Der-Voort, a trader in San-Francisco.
It was in 1997 that Mr J.P Meffre, already the owner of Château Du Glana and Château Lalande in Saint-Julien-Beychevelle, bought it.

Originally from the Comtat Venaissin in the Vaucluse region of south-eastern France, it was in 1954 that Gabriel MEFFRE, a renowned nurseryman in search of places to sell his plants, discovered the Médoc and bought several estates in Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac and Saint-Julien.

Today, his grandsons, Ludovic and Julien, run this new estate.

“We are convinced that Pauillac is the promised land for Cabernet-Sauvignon, the ideal spot for its strength and elegance to express themselves. Our passion for our art drives us on in our search for the most judicious balance between modern methods and the respect for tradition, to ensure that Bellegrave expresses its potential to the full.”

Terroir

The vineyard is certainly one of the oldest in this privileged region and is surrounded by plots of the greatest classified growths in the Pauillac appellation. The estate has 8.30 hectares of vines with an average density of 8,333 vines per hectare.

As the estate’s name suggests, the soil consists of gravel that both enhances drainage and releases heat at night that has accumulated during the day.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape variety (62 %), complemented by Merlot (31 %). Cabernet Franc (7 %) contributes additional complexity to the final blend.

Technical expertise combined with meticulous work in the vineyard are conducive to optimum ripeness on this outstanding terroir.

The Vineyard
Surface area: 8,35 hectares
Average Age of the vines: 25 years
Density: 8,333 vines / hectares
Soil and subsoil: Garonne gravel

Grape Varieties
62% Cabernet Sauvignon
31% Merlot
7% Cabernet Franc

Work on the Vines
Removal of excess buds, leaf-stripping and thinning by hand
Harvest picked by hand and transported
in small trays
Management plot by plot
Rational pest control

Winemaking
Temperature control
Maceration in cool conditions,
from 24 to 48 hours
Duration of vatting: 3 weeks
Traceability monitoring

Maturing in barrels
12 months of which 45% new oak (French oak)
Selection of cooperages

Production
Around 22.000 bottles of Chateau Bellegrave
2nd wine: Les Sieurs de Bellegrave

Distribution exclusive
Individual direct clients, restaurants, delicatessens.

Château Bellegrave 2010

Another outstanding vintage!

Who would have believed it possible after a 2009 vintage praised to the skies?
The 2010 growing season started out very well, without the threat of vine diseases, which meant that little spraying was necessary. Although flowering in Merlot vines was upset by cold, wet weather that led to low yields, the dry, very sunny weather that followed – but without a heat wave – led to quick véraison (change of colour of the grape berries) and the onset of ripening. Limited rainfall in early September, coupled with continued sunshine and high daytime temperatures, were conducive to perfect ripening of the grape skins and seeds. The juice was highly concentrated thanks to the small size of the berries.
The wines show considerable aromatic complexity. They are also powerful with a velvety texture. Although alcohol levels were very high, this was balanced by greater acidity than in 2009, which bodes well for excellent ageing potential…

Blend : 66 % Cabernet Sauvignon – 34 % Merlot

Source: http://www.chateau-bellegrave.com/